Montreal Road Community Improvement Plan

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The principal goal of the Montreal Road Community Improvement Plan (CIP) is to stimulate business investment, urban renewal and property upgrades in the area.

The plan permits the City to provide financial incentives to property owners that will encourage urban renewal, promote the development of cultural assets, support businesses including not-for-profits and cultural organizations, contribute to making the city an attractive and business-friendly environment and encourage investment and expansion.

Such a program in Vanier will help to attract new businesses and support existing businesses and nurture economic growth.

Since the plan promotes revitalization and improvements to quality and variety of market offerings, eligible projects must contribute to a desirable community fabric. Applicants will be required to provide evidence that their project addresses an identified market need.

The plan offers Tax Increment Equivalent Grants for eligible projects. These grants are calculated on the basis of the increase in the property’s contribution to municipal property taxes, resulting from the value created through redevelopment.

The City reimburses property owners a percentage of the increment in the municipal property tax each year for a defined period of up to 10 years, once taxes are paid each year, and all other accounts with the City are in good standing.

The Montreal Road CIP has a variety of focus areas and approaches. While promoting revitalization of the businesses and commercial properties and stimulating business activity and job creation would be the principal priority. In addition, there are other considerations, including improving pedestrian friendliness, accessibility, stimulating cultural assets, assisting Social Enterprise and stimulating development of Affordable Housing

Details for the Montréal Road CIP Program Include:

  • Financial incentive in the form of a Tax Increment Equivalent Grant (TIEG) to property owners
  • Annual TIEG: equal to 75 per cent of municipal tax increase attributable to the redevelopment
Map showing the Community Improvement Plan Area

Unique to Vanier

Unique aspects of Quartier Vanier Zone (North River Road to St. Laurent) include:

  • Three (3) additional CIP programs offering supplementary benefits offered in this area if the development provides one or more of the following:
    • Affrodable Housing Development Supplementary Benefit
      • Minimum of 10 new residential dwelling units of which 30 per cent are Affordable Housing
    • Support for Cultural Activities and Artists Supplementary Benefit
      • Minimum of 300 m2 of space dedicated to arts and cultural activities
    • Support for Social Enterprises Supplementary Benefit
      • Minimum of 300 square meters of space dedicated to social enterprise(s)

Annual TIEG: increases to 100 per cent of municipal tax increase attributable to the redevelopment

Eligibility checklist and considerations:

The Eligibility Checklist is provided solely as general guidance about the eligibility requirements of the Montreal Road Community Improvement Plan (CIP).

When applying to the CIP the applicant should consider the following:

  • Maximum grant over 10-year period is $5,000,000; not to exceed 50 per cent of redevelopment cost
  • Development projects require a minimum increase of $50,000 in property tax assessment valuation.
  • As the purpose of the Montreal Road CIP is to address deficiencies in the investment levels of businesses throughout Montreal Road in terms of market offerings and job creation, commercial uses that do not contribute to a desirable community fabric are not eligible for the incentive financing of this program.

Excluded uses include:

  • Video arcades
  • Adult novelty stores, services and/or adult entertainment
  • Warehousing and storage facilities
  • Bingo parlour or other gaming facilities
  • Industrial uses, including those, which, by their nature, generate noise, fumes, odours, and are hazardous or obnoxious
  • Wholesale operation
  • Cross-dock facilities
  • Body rub establishment
  • Correction facilities
  • Corrections residences
  • Emergency shelters

Project update

Staff Report

BY-LAW NO. 2019-213 to designate a part of the area covered by the Official Plan for the City of Ottawa as the Montréal Road Community Improvement Plan Project Area

BY-LAW NO. 2019-224, a by-law of the City of Ottawa to adopt the Montréal Road Community Improvement Plan. This by-law includes program details.

Car driving down Montreal road


For more information on this program, including the complete eligibility criteria, or to obtain application forms please contact:

Chris Cope, Economic Development Officer
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
613-580-2424, ext. 28991